Johnson Family Foundation Welcomes New Executive Director

July 2018

After a nation-wide search, the Johnson Family Foundation (JFF) is pleased to welcome Frank Baiocchi as its next Executive Director.

Baiocchi will succeed Richard Burns, who has served as Interim Executive Director for the past year.

"We are excited to welcome Frank to help guide JFF’s future direction and grateful for Richard's extraordinary leadership through this transition," said JFF Board Chair, James M. Johnson.  “Both of these leaders have records of significant achievement in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors and share JFF’s commitment to building healthy and vibrant communities. It is a pleasure to partner with both of them as we work toward our mutual goals."

"I am thrilled to join the board and staff of the Johnson Family Foundation as we continue their nationally-recognized efforts to advance social justice, create opportunities for youth and emerging leaders, and build effective partnerships through strategic grant-making and community leadership," Baiocchi noted.

Baiocchi's tenure at JFF began on June 27. He will be based in New York City.

About JFF

Through both place-based and national grant-making programs, JFF works to develop healthy, vibrant and just communities where individuals, families and the next generation of leaders will thrive, with an emphasis on LGBTQ rights, education and entrepreneurship, and promoting equality and social progress. JFF has staff in New York, Colorado, Pennsylvania and Vermont. More information can be found at 

Frank Baiocchi joins JFF after 13 years with the Polk Bros. Foundation in Chicago, where he designed and led family, community, and organizational development grant-making programs.  He chaired many sector-enhancing initiatives, including the Point the Way capacity building project, the Creative Schools Fund and the Arts Work Fund, and led the Chicago chapters of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations and Funders for LGBTQ Issues.  He was on the advisory committees for the Mission Sustainability Initiative, Strengthening Chicago's Youth, Partners to End Domestic Violence, and Enrich Chicago.   He taught courses in philanthropy and leadership at DePaul University and Loyola University.

Frank served on the board of directors for Ingenuity (which he co-founded), the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois, the Hoenig Scholarship Fund, and Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. Frank is a graduate of the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago and the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University.

Richard Burns is a non-profit management consultant who has served as Interim Executive Director of JFF, the North Star Fund, PENCIL, the Funding Exchange, Funders for LGBTQ Issues and the Stonewall Community Foundation. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer of the Arcus Foundation and was Executive Director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center in New York City for 22 years, from 1986 to 2009.

Richard serves on the boards of directors of the Proteus Fund, the New York City AIDS Memorial, the Nonprofit Coordinating Committee and is on the Advisory Board of the Center for HIV Law & Policy.  He is a graduate of Hamilton College and the Northeastern University School of Law.